TSA Reports 20 Percent Increase in Number of Guns Found on Travelers in 2013

Today's Buzz covers the effect of reality television on teen pregnancies, how marijuana plantations in California could be harming the state's salmon population, and the origins behind some popular Jewish surnames! … [Read more...]

Can Reality TV Lower the Teen Birthrate?

According to a new economic study, shows like MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and its spin-off, “Teen Mom” may have prevented more than 20,000 births to teenage mothers in 2010 alone. … [Read more...]

How Wealthy are Members of the U.S. Congress?

Today's Buzz covers the average net worth of members of Congress, anti-Obamacare television ads, and an app to measure your spirituality. … [Read more...]

Different Motivations Lead to Bipartisan Support to End Mandatory Sentencing

Twenty-five years after Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, which set mandatory minimum sentencing requirements for drug offenders, an unlikely alliance of Tea Party Republicans and liberal Democrats has formed to propose legislation reversing the policy. … [Read more...]

What’s Appropriate for Women to Wear in Muslim-Majority Countries?

Today's Buzz covers public opinion on government-provided health care, religious iPhone apps, and what's appropriate for women to wear in Muslim-majority countries. … [Read more...]

Health Care: Principle vs. Practice in Health Insurance Coverage

Americans have complicated feelings about the proper provision of health care in the country today. While Americans generally support in principle that the government should provide health insurance for its citizens, they’re less enthusiastic about the current government-initiated health care program, also known as Obamacare. … [Read more...]

New Survey Explores Perceptions of Appropriate Dress for Women in Muslim-Majority Countries

What’s appropriate for women to wear in public? This question is the subject of a new study conducted by the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, which recently surveyed people in seven Muslim-majority countries—Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. … [Read more...]

New Poll Finds Record-High 42 Percent of Americans are Independents

Today's Buzz covers political independents, GOP's interest in making poverty a political issue ahead of the 2014 vote, and a pal's ride in the popemobile! … [Read more...]

What’s to Blame for the Polar Vortex?

Today's Buzz covers the national cold snap, Germany's offering of classes on Islam to elementary school students, and a proposal for a statue of Satan in Oklahoma. … [Read more...]

What’s to Blame for the Polar Vortex?

As freezing temperatures break records and make headlines across the country, some wonder what’s behind the so-called polar vortex responsible for the frigid dips. The severe drop in temperature may not come as a complete surprise for many Americans, as 63 percent of people say the weather has been getting more extreme during the past few years, while six percent say it’s gotten less extreme and about 3-in-10 (29 percent) say it hasn’t changed. … [Read more...]


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